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tv   American Artifacts  CSPAN  November 28, 2015 9:57pm-10:01pm EST

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sunday at 8:00 p.m. eastern on american history tv on c-span3. each week, american history tv's american artifacts visits museums and historic places. next, we visit the library of congress on capitol hill to learn about an exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of the civil rights act of 1954. >> good morning. my name is adrian. i'm the african-american history and cultural nationalist for the manuscript division of the library of congress and one of the curators for the library's current exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the civil rights act of 1964 entitled the civil rights act of 1954, a long struggle for freedom. the exhibit takes its subtitle from the speech that president lyndon johnson read before the nation upon the signing of the
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act on july the second, 1964. this is the copy that was put into the teleprompter. >> my fellow americans, i'm about to sign into law the civil rights act of 1964. i want to take this occasion to talk to you about what that law means to every american. smallars ago this week, a -- valleylley and men and men began a long struggle for freedom. >> he did six draft of the speech and then he added extemporaneously the word long to indicate the many decades, really centuries, of slow
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progression toward realizing civil rights. this bill began as a commendation of the struggle of decades of struggles of african-americans, but when it was passed, income-based all-americans. encompass everyone regardless of race, color, sex, or national origin. it is really about the ongoing struggle in this country to achieve that more perfect union. >> c-span presents landmark
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cases, the >> c-span presents landmark cases, a book which supports the supreme court decisions. including marbury is is madison, brown versus the board of education, aranda races the board of arizona and rove versus wade. it features introductions, highlights and the impact of each case. written by tony morrow and published in cooperation with cq press. it's available for $8.95 plus shipping. >> beginning october 19, 1965 and continuing for five weeks, this battle was in the words of

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